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Even though I strongly associate with rock music, I can’t deny that growing up, I used to obsess over every little thing that Britney Spears used to, wear, or say. Her breaking-up with Justin Timberlake had to be one of the saddest moments of my young life-no kidding. And so, even though I don’t want to admit it, I’ve always been a fan of Britney’s even though her latest efforts can never compare to what she used to do in the 90s- maybe it’s all her familial and personal problems, but that’s another topic for another day.

Till the World Ends, Brit’s second single from her seventh album Femme Fatale, and is one of her better songs as of late. Catchy, danceable, and written by people who know how to do this best (Max Martin, Dr. Luke, and not-so-surprisingly Ke$ha), it’s no surprise that this song will be a hit in no time.

The video, directed by Ray Kay of Bieber’s Baby fame, simply takes on the premise of the world ending-as shown by the opening screenshot of December 21, 2012 and has a whole lot of dancing and energy going on while the whole universe as we know it comes to a halt. It was only made available on Vevo 2 days ago, and yet has over a million views.

DISLIKES:

  1. Playing on the world ending in 2012. Okay guys, this whole thing has been blown out proportion. None of us knows when the world is going to end or anything of the like-we can’t even tell if the Mayans are right are not. I’ll admit it’s a very smart move to use because now everyone associates the date with the world ending, but for someone whose known to be creative, I would’ve liked to see something else.

    No words can describe this awful mess! (Via Socypath)

  2. Barely there clothes. It’s Britney and Britney is known for not holding it back when it comes to her clothes. Case in point, what she wore to the Grammys in 2010. Here it’s no exception. Neither her or her dancers are wearing anything decent, but then again, this does serve a “purpose” that isn’t clear to me. If the world was ending, I would choose to wear something I’m comfortable in, not that.
  3. Poorly placed cuts. When I was growing up, all I wanted to do was watch pop videos and learn every single dance move. But it never actually happened because a-I’m a bad dancer and b-there’s always a scene that comes right in the middle of a major move. The case is actually true here. Okay, so the world is ending and stuff are falling. Great. What does this have to do with the whole concept? I want to see more dancing (probably the best thing about this video) without random stuff that just doesn’t make sense. There’s supposedly a choreographer’s cut that should be out soon, so if it doesn’t end up the way it’s supposed to, I am going to be very disappointed.
  4. Highly sexualized scenes. Though nothing really happens, and in the end, sex sells, it just takes away from all the dancing. Maybe it would’ve worked with another concept, but it’s not really fitting here.

LIKES

  1. Britney has never looked better! I don’t know about her live performances, but she wasn’t really nailing her videos before Femme Fatale. Not the case here. She looks so radiant and energetic, and it can’t just be the makeup. I think things are finally picking up for her and it’s showing in her work.
  2. The Choreography. Brian Friedman might be mostly known for his appearances on So You Think You Can Dance but he should equally be recognized for his amazing work on video clips. Of course, we have to give credit to Brit for still having such a lithe body to pull off almost all the moves that are thrown her way, and the supporting dancers who elevate the standard.
  3. References to old Britney Videos. When you’ve been in the business as long as Spears has, it’s only fair to dig up elements that have made you famous, especially when they’re so iconic like the red jumpsuit she wore in Oops… I Did It Again. Of course,  there’s a modern twist on it, with the jumpsuit being all sparkled out. The whole clip is an homage to the I’m a Slave 4 U video, and I really love it. I always love taking the old stuff and using them in a new way, and with all the dancing going on, this is a subtle reference that Britney’s career has always been bright despite all the speed bumps she’d hit and all the competition she’s facing from different artists.

All in all, this is a very good video and an equally catchy song. I guarantee that it’s gonna be one of those “summer songs” despite its release in April. It’s also a strong follow-up to the wonderful Hold It Against Me.


NKOTBSB Official Poster

You know it’s a great, great time for boybands when two of the biggest acts of that genre get together and spontaneously decide to go on tour together. Yes, the internet has been buzzing with news of an upcoming tour that will bring together the first group to follow the “boyband” format, New Kids on the Block, and the highest selling group, Backstreet Boys. Some naysayers think its because both groups no longer have a steady source of income, but that’s far from the truth. Sure, they’ve gotten older, their dance moves are a bit rusty, the songs evoke good memories of simpler times but nothing more, but when this tour was announced, echoes of screaming girls (well women actually) could be heard all over the world. Just goes to show that they’ve still got it, one way or another.

I am a sucker for the Backstreet Boys and completely bummed out that I will not be able to attend any of their concerts.

Here’s what we basicallyknow about NKOTBSB:  (more…)


In the Washington Wizards’ hope opener last night, John Wall did the Dougie dance in the introductions. The Wizards beat the Philadelphia 76ers for the first win 116-115 in OT. Wall had 29 points, 13 assists and 9 steals in the win.

And here’s the Dougie dance:


If you have been on the streets of Lebanon recently, you may have repeatedly heard the following chant “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh….Oh my Gosh, Oooo oh oh, oooo oh oh… , loudly being blasted from nearby cars. Don’t be surprised much, because that’s the hook from Usher’s summer hit O.M.G. It has been getting a lot of airtime recently, on every possible radio and television station, so there is no way to avoid its catchy beat and simple earworm lyrics. Of course, in true Usher fashion, the song isn’t that in-depth. Heavily auto-tuned and featuring guest vocals from the famous will.i.am, the song is all about, drumrollllllll please, falling in instant love with a girl at a club. See, I told you, nothing too wildly exciting. But with lyrics like

This was something special
This was just like dynamite
Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow
Honey got some boobies like wow, oh wow!

you just can’t help but laugh and sing along, maybe even dance. And this is coming from a person who originally hated the tune. (more…)


This album review was written sometime in March or February, however, this album has proven to be one of my favorites for 2010 and it’s unlike what we’ve been mostly bombarded with on the radio. I really hope you give it a listen after you read this review. Enjoy :)

British electro-rock connoisseurs Hot Chip have been leaving their distinguished mark on the music world for the past decade. It is with their new release “One Life Stand,” however, that they really cement their standing as a band that can combine the latest technologies, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and melodic voices in one album. Though the use of auto-tune is greatly obvious, it serves a point here, unlike with the rest of the music being made available to the public at the moment.

Album Cover

Born out of the concept of transforming “a one night stand into a one life stand,” as vocalist Alexis Taylor has put it, the band’s fourth release dabbles with issues of commitment and long-term relationships, be it romantic or non-romantic ones. The overall theme is delivered beautifully thanks to ingenious lyric-writing and Taylor’s smooth high-pitched vocals combined with second vocalist Joe Goddard’s dreamy bass voice. The carefully tailored instrumental part, courtesy of the rest of the group, serves as a plus point for the band.
The album opens with a steady percussion beat, before Taylor begins to sing the first verse of “Thieves in the Night,” a song that deals with finding the love of a lifetime and hanging onto them, especially after the long search. The key verse in the song “happiness is what we all want” is something everyone can relate to and it is highlighted by the very upbeat background music.
Second track “Hand Me down Your Love” has a distinct jazzy feel to it with very simplistic and repetitive lyrics, making it easier for the listener to remember this when going through the record. It continues the theme that was established in its predecessor,  ensuring cohesion. (more…)


I don’t usually like dance music and its derivatives. Instead, I prefer rock music with all its grittiness, memorable guitar solos, and actual lyrics. But for today’s feature, I’ve chosen a song that’s a bit out of my range, and one which I have recently rediscovered.
You might remember The Sound of Missing You by Belgian-Tunisian singer Ameerah from the Winter of 2009, especially since radio stations were playing it on rotation.
There’s nothing wildly exciting about this track, but I do like the idea of the silence having a sound, and relating that to missing someone. The vocals aren’t that bad either. And it gets easily stuck in your head.
I’m pretty sure almost all electronic music fans are going to go all out on me for choosing this song, especially that there are much better songs, but at the moment, this is what’s stuck in my head.
Here’s the video for your viewing enjoyment.